The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization that seeks to influence public policy in Washington D.C., in the state capitals, and locally through public education and grass-roots political action.

As one of five Groups within the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Harvey Broome Group is based in Knoxville, TN, and focuses on Knox County and seventeen surrounding counties in East Tennessee. Our namesake, Harvey Broome (1902-1968), was a founding member of the Widlerness Society and a native of Knoxville TN. 

The Harvey Broome Group undertakes important conservation issues, offers year-round outings to enhance appreciation of the outdoors, and presents monthly programs that range from experts in environmental issues to entertaining speakers who have explored our world.

See the About Us page for more about who we are and what we do.

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Legislative Update

Two Important Bills

Federal

Tennessee Wilderness Act - TN Senators Alexander and Corker introducted - for the fourth time - the Tennessee Wilderness Act. This Act would add nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness to the Cherokee National Forest by creating one new area and expanding five existing areas. The Knoxville News Sentinel endorsed the bill. House sponsors are needed. The areas are within the districts of Rep. Phil Roe and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. See the TN Wilderness Act Issues page and the Get Involved page for more information.

Tennessee

Primacy Act SB0842/HB0833 - This legislation would give the state "primacy" over coal mining in Tennessee. Currently the federal government's Office of Surface Mining regulates coal mining in Tennessee. The TN Mining Association authored the bill with an ultimate goal of increased coal mining in the state, i.e. continuation and expansion of an outdated and dirty way to produce energy. The bill is in the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Contact the committees and tell them to vote no.

More on these and other TN bills.

 

Date Event More Information
Sun, 04/26/2015 Dayhike, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sat, 05/02/2015 Dayhike, Panther Creek Paddle and Off - trail hike to Slate Quarries
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sun, 05/03/2015 Day hike, Bays Mountain, near Kingsport Tn.
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sat, 05/09/2015 Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity Tour (Pine Forest), Rabbit Creek Trail, GSMNP.
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sat, 05/16/2015 Wildlife Float, Rankin Wildlife Management Area, Douglas Lake
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sat, 05/30/2015 Wildlife Float, Rankin Wildlife Management Area, Douglas Lake
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sat, 06/06/2015 Dayhike, Ramsey Cascades Trail, GSMNP.
8:00 AM

Sat, 06/20/2015 to Sun, 06/21/2015 Backpack, Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area (Jefferson National Forest, Virginia).
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sat, 06/20/2015 Take-a-Swim, Biodiversity Tour (Aquatic Stream Diversity), Citico Creek.
8:00 AM

Sat, 06/27/2015 to Sun, 06/28/2015 Backpack, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest.
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sat, 07/11/2015 Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity Tour (Northern Hardwoods), Flat Creek Trail, GSMNP.
8:00 AM

Sun, 07/12/2015 Dayhike, Honey Creek Loop Trail, Big South Fork NRRA.
8:00 AM

Sat, 07/18/2015 to Sun, 07/19/2015 Backpack, Snowbird Wilderness Study Area (North Carolina).
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

FREE Public Program - Birds! Listing, Education, and Conservation

Take-a-Hike - Tellico Lake East Lakeshore Trail.

Trail Maintenance , Fodderstack Trail, Citico Wildernes

Dayhike, Leatherwood Loop and Sunset Overlook Trails, Big South Fork NRRA.

Take - a - Hike, Chain Ring Trail, Knoxville Urban Wilderness.

Dayhike, Bote Mountain, Finley Cane,and Turkeypen Ridge Trails, GSMNP.

Potluck Dinner Backpack along the Piney River.

April Program

Earth Fest

Take - a - Hike, Biodiversity Tour (Classic Cove hardwood Forest)

UT Earth Day

Backpack, Virgin Falls Trail, Virgin Falls State Natural Area.

Dayhike, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Dayhike, Panther Creek Paddle and Off - trail hike to Slate Quarries

Day hike, Bays Mountain, near Kingsport Tn.

Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity Tour (Pine Forest), Rabbit Creek Trail, GSMNP.

Wildlife Float, Rankin Wildlife Management Area, Douglas Lake

Wildlife Float, Rankin Wildlife Management Area, Douglas Lake

Dayhike, Ramsey Cascades Trail, GSMNP.

Backpack, Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area (Jefferson National Forest, Virginia).

Take-a-Swim, Biodiversity Tour (Aquatic Stream Diversity), Citico Creek.

Backpack, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest.

Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity Tour (Northern Hardwoods), Flat Creek Trail, GSMNP.

Dayhike, Honey Creek Loop Trail, Big South Fork NRRA.

Backpack, Snowbird Wilderness Study Area (North Carolina).